By: Cliff Kincaid

The Republican Party’s candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland is a former governor who closed churches during COVID and kept pot shops and liquor stores open. He is now running on a pro-abortion platform to get the votes of Democrats.

Welcome to the Maryland Republican Party and anti-Trump RINO candidate Larry Hogan, known during COVID as “Lockdown Larry.”

Former President Trump may have betrayed the pro-life cause with his “state’s rights” approach to letting babies live or die, depending on the whims of voters, but Hogan is going 100 percent pro-death. Yet he was embraced at the recent Maryland state Republican convention.

The Republican argument is that although Hogan is a RINO, he is still running as a Republican and that his election is crucial to get GOP control of the Senate.

Currently, “independents,” including Vermont’s “Bolshevik Bernie” Sanders, caucus with Democrats. That makes Democrats the majority party under New York Democrat Senator Chuck Shumer’s leadership. 

If Republicans follow through and vote for Hogan, it will mean that their desire to “win” at any cost will take precedence over saving unborn human lives and perhaps their own souls.

Hogan is a typical politician who believes the voters can be fooled by shifting stances on issues and flip-flopping.

When the Frederick County Conservative Club sponsored a Senate debate with the various candidates, Hogan boycotted the event, showing his disdain for conservatives. He did not need their votes. Nevertheless, he won the Republican nomination by campaigning against open borders, an issue with appeal to conservatives.

But now, with the Republican Senate nomination in his pocket, his liberal leanings are on full display, as Hogan has proclaimed his promise to be a “pro-choice” senator and support legislation codifying the “protections” of Roe v. Wade that guaranteed abortion on demand. In other words, he will vote to make it lawful to kill the unborn.

At the same time, he says he is personally pro-life and is reported to be a Catholic.

The Catholic position has been reaffirmed because Maryland has a pro-abortion initiative on the ballot this November called the “Right to Reproductive Freedom Amendment.” The Catholic Bishops of Maryland are opposed and declare, “Abortion not only ends the life of an innocent child but also poses significant risks to the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of women.”

This is not a religious view but the basic facts of life – or death

As the Christians say, Satan can take many forms, and abortion is one of them. The destruction of the child in the womb is called “freedom” and it is the most important issue for Democrats. Hence, Hogan caters to them. He will do anything to win.

Democrats say he is not pro-abortion enough.

Hogan is apparently not the kind of Christian who can recognize basic truths and facts of life. He lacks what a Christian calls “discernment” and is risking his own soul. His enablers and collaborators do so as well.

The Maryland Catholic Bishops lack credibility because of the sex scandals causing their churches to go without parishioners and their dioceses to go bankrupt. Yet, their basic position on the right to life is correct. Hogan knows he can disregard them without consequence.

It is sad. Maryland is one of the most Catholic states in the nation and yet it is one of the most liberal. It is pro-abortion and even supports grounding human bodies into compost to grow crops. It is the latest “green” fad.

We need more Catholics who believe in their faith like Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. His so-called “divisive” speech at Catholic Benedictine College in Kansas was seized upon by the liberal media as abhorrent.  

With more division like this and less “inclusion,” people might go back to church and our country might be saved.

In several notable remarks, Butker said, “Our own nation is led by a man who publicly and proudly proclaims his Catholic faith, but at the same time is delusional enough to make the sign of the cross during a pro-abortion rally.” 

Since Butker’s speech and his defense of motherhood and traditional values, however, even liberal Pope Francis seems to have rediscovered aspects of his Catholic faith and has publicly rejected homosexuals in seminaries.

In remarks about the sin of homosexuality, a “lifestyle” characterized by sexually transmitted diseases and an early death, Butker had referred to the “deadly” form of “pride” that has “an entire month dedicated to it,” a reference to the “LGBTQIA+ Pride Month” of June. He denounced “dangerous gender ideologies” and “the tyranny of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

He also took on Catholic leaders, saying, “…before we even attempt to fix any of the issues plaguing society, we must first get our own house in order, and it starts with our leaders. The bishops and priests appointed by God as our spiritual fathers must be rightly ordered… Today, our shepherds are far more concerned with keeping the doors open to the chancery than they are with saying the difficult stuff out loud.”

Referring to church leaders acquiescing to the closing of their churches during COVID, he said, “We cannot buy into the lie that the things we experienced during COVID were appropriate. Over the centuries, there have been great wars, great famines, and yes, even great diseases, all that came with a level of lethality and danger. But in each of those examples, Church leaders leaned into their vocations and ensured that their people received the sacraments.”

Becoming emotional, he praised his wife’s role as a mother and homemaker and denounced the “diabolical lies” being fed to women today about succeeding in the secular world taking precedence over families.

Most people don’t have the time to actually watch the speech or read a transcript. It’s just too much trouble. This is a reason why Larry Hogan goes with the secular culture and appeals for votes from those consumed with the murder of the unborn as a human right. Hogan understands the “spirit” of the times. It has consumed his soul and threatened the survival of our nation.

As Harrison Butker said, we are in a “post-God world.” With the Republican Party nominating frauds and phonies like Larry Hogan, the end will come soon.  


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